Cabaret variety shows have become hugely popular at the Fringe in recent years, and it’s not hard to work out why. Performers have the advantage of getting their acts in front of people who might not otherwise have been aware of them, whilst audiences can sit safe in the knowledge that if they don’t like one segment of the show, another one will be along in a minute.
Twiddling your thumbs is something you’ll not be doing here, however. The Five-Thirty Cabaret has no filler material, and is jam-packed with the cream of the cabaret crop taking place in what is one of the most genre-friendly venues on the Fringe.
One of the main attractions of shows like this is the promise of a different line-up every time, and this evening’s performance offers a scintillating selection box of cabaret delights.
Compered by the tigertastic rock gods Rayguns Look Real Enough, the line-up reads like a ‘who’s who’ of cabaret. The comedy magic of Paul Dabek shuffles its deck beside the gleeful filth of Eastend Cabaret, whilst stand-up comedy from Markus Birdman paves the way for New York boylesque superstar Tigger, who lives up to his name by bouncing round the Spiegeltent in all his bare-faced glory.
The timeslot of the Five-Thirty Cabaret is perfect – an entrée of bite-sized cabaret morsels to set you up for the rest of the what Edinburgh has to offer in the evening. A rip-roaring and raucous hour of irresistible entertainment, it provides the ideal opportunity to unwind after a busy day – and to slip into something much more comfortable.
The Five-Thirty Cabaret is at the Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square until Aug 25